Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

From Faribault: The golden hour of evening photography in spring May 30, 2019

A view of South Alexander Park from the shores of the Cannon River in North Alexander Park.


THE GOLDEN HOUR. Those three words hold great meaning to anyone into photography. It is the 60 minutes after sunrise and the 60 minutes before sunset—the time when natural light lends a softness to images.


A lone mallard swims in the quiet waters of the Cannon River in North Alexander Park.


Recently, I grabbed my camera to photograph early evening spring scenes at two Faribault city parks—North Alexander and Two Rivers. The results show the beauty of incredible natural light in making a photo.


The converging of the Cannon and Straight Rivers at Two Rivers Park.


A nearly camouflaged bird along the banks of the Cannon River, North Alexander Park.


In the still of a beautiful May evening. trees reflect in the Cannon River as seen from North Alexander Park.


Lots of geese populate the Cannon, including this young family photographed in North Alexander Park.


The historic Faribault Woolen Mill sits along the Cannon River, photographed here from North Alexander Park.


Reflections at Two Rivers Park.


Picnic tables placed along the Cannon River in North Alexander Park (next to the recreational trail) provide riverside dining.


© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


26 Responses to “From Faribault: The golden hour of evening photography in spring”

  1. Gorgeous photos, Audrey! You live in a beautiful place. 🙂

  2. pkpm519 Says:

    The interesting thing about the Faribo Woolen MiIls was that I moved to St Paul before I actually toured the mill!

  3. Beautiful photo’s Audrey, especially that 1st one! I love the Golden hour 🙂

  4. Lynne King Says:

    Beautiful shots. I also enjoy the golden hours. With all the spring floods, we’re just starting to see field work and animals returning.

  5. Gunny Says:

    Gorgeous images!

    Audrey, you live there and haven’t been to the mill? That would ne like living in San Antonio and never having gone to the Alamo!

  6. Looks like the water is still pretty high. Saw from the online news you guys are getting above average rainfall.

  7. So very pretty! What a beautiful park.

  8. valeriebollinger Says:

    I love mornings, but twilight is so calming and beautiful.

  9. Sparrow Says:

    Lovely photos!

  10. Sue Ready Says:

    Indeed you were able to capture the golden hours. Stunning visual images that capture the serenity of the early day and early evening. I particularly liked the camfloused bird photo. .

  11. Kim Sisto Robinson Says:

    OOOO, such gorgeousness.

    Makes one wonder how Heaven will even be BETTER)))

    xx from Duluth.

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